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On Watch Newsletter February 21, 2024 Edition

On Watch February 21, 2024 Edition

February 21, 2024

On Watch Newsletter Edition February 21,  2024 



  • CMISA Updates
  • In the Spotlight
  • Technical Feature
  • Marine Sector News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Procurement Opportunities
  • Cyber Security

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Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch! As I read the news of the St. Lawrence Seaway opening its 2024 season in a few weeks, I am reminded that not only is spring right around the corner, but it also means that we’re all gearing up for another busy time both in our workplaces as well as attending the spring shows. As always, in this issue we feature news items from across Canada and the globe that are of interest to our sector. We choose stories that feature our members, significant trends in shipbuilding, and other items that may have an impact on your business. If you would like additional themes covered, I would really appreciate it if you would us send any suggestions you may have.

I’d like to give a special shout-out to recent new members. Lunenberg Shipyard is a yard in Nova Scotia that stands as a testament to the nation’s rich maritime heritage while continuously delivering high-quality services that meet the demands of the present. Newfoundland-based Cactus Ship Repair Inc.  specializes in weld couplings, weld fittings and welding services along with general ship repair services. SSi Fire Solutions, based in Yellowknife and Kanata, offers environmentally sustainable fire suppression alternatives. Extreme Canada Group Inc. is the Canadian arm of RKB Bearings, a global leader since 1936, offering reliable, cost-effective solutions for industrial bearings needs up to 2,000 mm diameter.

As we continue with our Member Spotlights in upcoming issues, please let us know if you are interested in a Spotlight, with its unique editorial content, and we would be happy to arrange an interview and write up the feature. If you are not yet a member, but would like to be, we encourage you to join here! If you know of others who might benefit from membership, please share the sign-up link.

Happy reading!

Colin Cooke

President and CEO



Event Spotlight

Some Key noteworthy events this spring



ShipTech Forum 2024

February 27th, 2024

The Westin, Ottawa, ON

The ShipTech Forum is a conference that is intended to showcase emerging technologies, address a range of marine and shipbuilding issues as well as ship repair and the advantages they provide for growth and export.

This event facilitates meaningful dialogue between industry, government and military so as to provide stakeholders with the knowledge and share lessons learned from a technological perspective with the aim to showcase successful investments in cutting-edge technologies.

Mari-Tech 2024

May 14-16, 2024

St.John's Convention Centre

Mari-Tech was created by the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering (CIMarE) in 1976 and is the premier event for the marine engineering community in Canada. The conference has earned a respected position as a neutral, non-political event devoted to engaging the private sector, government and academia. Mari-Tech 2024 is a collaboration between the CIMarE Newfoundland & Labrador Branch and the SNAME Canadian Atlantic section and will take place in St. John’s, NF.

This year’s theme is NAVIGATING SUSTAINABLE MARINE TRANSPORTATION. Just as mariners use navigation as a safe means of direction, we too as a larger marine community must ascertain where we are and where we are going in terms of ever-changing challenges facing maritime professionals. The rocks and shoals of increasing competition for diminishing supplies are a challenge we all face, and we have no choice but to navigate.


June 11-13, 2024

Toronto Congress Centre

Improve productivity, increase profits and discover new solutions for all your metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing needs at FABTECH Canada, which is returning to Toronto in 2024. Not only can you watch demonstrations on the exhibit floor and compare products side by side, but you can also connect with experts in your field at conference programs and special events such as leadership exchange panels, keynote presentations and networking receptions. Scheduled for June 11-13, 2024, FABTECH Canada is held just every other year — so don’t miss your chance to attend Canada’s most comprehensive metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event.s

Website Here





Technical Information

Oil in the Sea IV

This booklet provides key insights from Oil in the Sea IV: Inputs, Fates, and Effects, published in 2022, which benefited from significant advancements in scientific methods to detect the input and fates of oil in the sea, and from lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in 2010. Going beyond previous reports, Oil in the Sea IV includes analysis of human health impacts of oil in the sea, oil in the Arctic marine environment, and prevention and response efforts that can help to both reduce the amount of oil reaching the sea and minimize its effects. The booklet is meant to serve as a reference guide to all those involved in oil spill research and response.

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Recent News

Seaspan Shipyards Completes ‘Prototype Block’ for Canadian Coast Guard’s Future Polar Icebreaker

Seaspan Shipyards has successfully completed construction of the ‘Prototype Block’ for the Canadian Coast Guard’s Polar Icebreaker program. This Prototype Block was developed and built to ensure that production teams are fully prepared to cut steel in late 2024.

2024 Robert Allan Memorial Scholarship

The Robert Allan Memorial Scholarship award is open for applications until June 30, 2024. It is awarded each year to the most deserving Canadian Citizen or Canadian Permanent Resident studying naval architecture or marine engineering.

Meet the Entrepreneur Who Claims to Have Cracked Shipping’s Coating Conundrum

Graphite Innovation &Technologies is mixing graphene into hull coatings, a material that is extremely tough and conducts heat and electricity well.

Signet Delivers First of Two RAL-Designed Rotortugs

Signet Sirius, the first of two ART 92-32W Rotortugs, was recently delivered by Signet Maritime at its Pascagoula Shipbuilding and Repair facility. This is the first ART Rotortug that Signet has built for its fleet and is designed by Robert Allan Ltd. (RAL) in collaboration with RotorTug BV.

OSI Contracted for In-Service Support for the RCN AOPS IBNS

Thales Canada has awarded a contract for the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship/Joint Support Ship In-Service Support to OSI for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Arctic Offshore Patrol Shipsets 1 &2, which includes program and life cycle material management, logistics support, design and engineering, quality management, training, preventative and corrective maintenance, and spares management.

Quebec’s Bronswerk Group Awarded over $100 Million in Contracts by Irving Shipbuilding Inc. to Support Canadian Surface Combatants for Royal Canadian Navy

Two new contracts totaling over $100 million have been awarded to Quebec-based Bronswerk Group by Irving Shipbuilding Inc., to supply marine-grade HVAC and turnkey solutions in refrigeration machinery for the new Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) ships to be built for the Royal Canadian Navy.

St. Lawrence Seaway 2024 Season Opens March 22

The Canadian and U.S. St. Lawrence Seaway agencies announced that the opening of the 2024 navigation season has been scheduled to take place on March 22.

Griffon Hoverwork Awarded Design and Feasibility Work by Canadian Coast Guard

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) has asked for engineering design consultancy services from Griffon Hoverwork to update their current air cushion vehicle (ACV) design and to conduct feasibility studies into alternative power plant options. The Canadian Coast Guard operates a fleet of four ACVs, which primarily support the CCG’s search & rescue, icebreaking and marine navigation services mandate in the central and western regions of Canada.

US Navy Picks Companies for Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Program

Following an evaluation program, the U.S. Navy’s Program Office Advanced Undersea Systems has selected three vendors to prototype and develop Unmanned Underwater Vehicle platforms. The companies awarded prototype agreements are Kongsberg Discovery, Oceaneering International, and Anduril Industries.

Marine Atlantic Takes Delivery of New 1,000-Passenger Ferry

A new Stena RoRo E-Flexer series ferry was delivered recently to Marine Atlantic by CMI Jinling, Weihai Shipyard. The 1,000-passenger, 665.8'x91.1' Ala'suinu, will be on a 5-year charter agreement with the Canadian state-owned Marine Atlantic and operate a ferry line in eastern Canada between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

Chamber of Shipping White Paper on Canada’s Need for a Maritime Single Window

The Chamber of Shipping in Vancouver has released a White Paper underlining the importance and challenges for Canada to join other nations in implementing the Maritime Single Window (MSW) mandate, which came into force globally on January 1st, 2024.

Arctic Shipping has Increased Nearly 40% in Ten Years

The number of ships entering the Arctic Polar Code area from 2013 to 2023 increased by 37%, or around 500 ships, according to the latest report of the Arctic Council Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME). Changes to the marine environment, such as a decrease in the extent of sea ice and the loss of older, thick ice, has significant implications for longer navigation seasons and new access to previously difficult to reach regions of the Arctic.

Seeing the ship as a System Changes Everything

Shipping must engage with the decarbonization realities that lie ahead by changing the way it crafts maritime legislation to reflect its place in the interconnected, interdependent world economy, says Eero Lehtovaara, ABB Marine & Ports.

US Navy Set to Trial VLS Reloading System at Sea

The US Navy is planning a key proof-of-concept test this year to prove a system designed to enable the reloading of vertical launch missile silos at sea.

Canadian Surface Combatant Support Gets Extended for Another Year

As Canada’s future surface fleet nears the end of its ‘definition’ phase, the US supplier CACI will continue to support the programme for another year.

More News Here

HMCS Sackville

HMCS Sackville is the last surviving WWII corvette, and she needs your financial support to keep her afloat. These “cheap and nasties” were born out of a need to defend convoys from the German U-boat threat. Like their French naval predecessors, Canadian corvettes were built on an old single-hulled whaler design. We re-plated over the original steel in 2020, however Sackville requires a new hull to remain in the water for posterity.

View Website: Here





Coming Soon

Canadian Naval Maintenance Symposium/Symposium canadien sur la maintenance navale

Dive into the heart of innovation at the Canadian Naval Maintenance Symposium, the must-attend event of the year for all stakeholders in the naval maintenance ecosystem. This event will bring together the brightest minds in the industry, forward-thinking companies, major stakeholders, and showcase the latest technological advancements.

Date: March 26, 2024

Canadian Armed Forces Outlooks

Engage with Canada’s top Military leadership and access exclusive Canadian Armed Forces program updates in person on April 2, 3 and 4 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Canada. CAF Outlooks, brought to you by Hanwha, is the only place you can hear first-hand the goals and procurement priorities for tomorrow’s Army, Air Force, and Navy. 

Date: April 2-4, 2024

Mastering Shipbuilding Management

The Mastering Shipbuilding Management Course will support attendees in understanding the wider shipbuilding market, management trends, technology developments and good practice migrating from other sectors. The course is also well suited to shipbuilding stakeholders (customers. suppliers, and government officials) who want to understand the industry better. We hope it will inspire the sectors emerging talent to build a truly globally competitive industry.

Date: June 24-28, 2024

More Events Here

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Current Procurement Opportunities


Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares

The RFP closes on February 23, 2024

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Valves and Glands

The RFP closes on February 26, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for HFX Class Kitchenware and Industrial Refrigeration

The RFP closes on February 26,2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for 4730, Strainers

The RFP closes on March 1, 2024

Request for Proposal for Plastic Buoys (RFSO)

The RFP closes on March 1, 2024

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Submarine Spares – O-Rings, Filters and Cartridges

The RFP closes on March 5, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Filter Element, Fluid

The RFP closes on March 15, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Valve, Solenoid HFX Class

The RFP closes on March 15, 2024

Request for Information for Strategic Tanker Transport Capability (STTC) Project In Service Support Third Virtual Industry Engagement Session

The RFI closes on March 29, 2024

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares – Switch Box

The RFP closes on April 8, 2024

Letter of Interest/Request for Information for Marine Procurement Outlook Presentations Mari-Tech 2022

The LOI/RFI closes on December 30, 2024

Request for Proposal for In Water Vessel Cleaning with Capture

The RFP closes on January 30, 2025

Request for Supply Arrangement for Charter Vessels

The RFSA closes on December 31, 2029




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The candidate will be responsible for leading challenging and rewarding projects to success. The position offers the opportunity to learn and immediately grow within the company and will be a hybrid between office responsibilities and hands on management of the projects in the field. To be considered, candidates must have a proven record of hands-on ship repair experience. 

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